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January 19, 2015 | Startup and Launch

How to Form a Corporation: Appointing a Board of Directors

If you’ve decided to form a corporation, congratulations to you! You’re on the right track to protecting yourself and taking your business more seriously. But the work’s not done yet. One of the steps you’ll need to do in the incorporating process is to appoint a Board of Directors.

By law, your corporation must have a Board to represent it and to make decisions on behalf of shareholders. The number of members required will vary from state to state. For example, if you incorporate in California, you’re required to have at least one Board member.

Having more can be advantageous, as it’s your Board that will help you make decisions about your company. Together, you can determine your business’ path for:

  • Strategic growth
  • Issuing shares
  • Raising prices
  • Adding new products

Choosing Your Board

You’ve got a few options when it comes to who you’ll invite to join your Board of Directors. You can choose from among your employees if you think they’re a good fit for making high-level executive decisions.

If you don’t have people who fit the bill on your team, look elsewhere. Some ideas for potential Board members:

  • Former employees
  • Mentors
  • Past clients
  • Networking contacts
  • Friends

Essentially, you want a Board that is well-versed in areas you are not as adept in. This keeps the Board well-rounded and capable of making balanced decisions (Imagine a Board entirely made up of accountants. The decisions would be much different than one with people of varying skills!)

But what if you’re a one-man or -woman show? Who should your Board consist of? Technically, you only need one person on your Board to incorporate, so you can serve as the Board, or you can look in your network to find people to help you make the decisions.

You will need to disclose your Board members in your corporation paperwork, and you’ll also be required to hold annual Board meetings to keep compliant as a corporation. At each meeting, you’ll need to take minutes and submit those with your corporation paperwork each year.

Selecting your Board of Directors is just one of the steps toward your future as a corporation!

<a href="https://www.corpnet.com/blog/author/nellieakalp/" target="_self">Nellie Akalp</a>

Nellie Akalp

Nellie Akalp is an entrepreneur, small business expert, speaker, and mother of four amazing kids. As CEO of CorpNet.com, she has helped more than half a million entrepreneurs launch their businesses. Akalp is nationally recognized as one of the most prominent experts on small business legal matters, contributing frequently to outlets like Entrepreneur, Forbes, Huffington Post, Mashable, and Fox Small Business. A passionate entrepreneur herself, Akalp is committed to helping others take the reigns and dive into small business ownership. Through her public speaking, media appearances, and frequent blogging, she has developed a strong following within the small business community and has been honored as a Small Business Influencer Champion three years in a row.

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